McCain cautions Christie
October 2nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain cautions Christie

(CNN) - Republican Sen. John McCain issued a warning Sunday about presidential politics to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is reportedly considering entering the GOP presidential nominating contest.

Although the 2008 GOP presidential nominee praised the first-term governor’s record in the Garden State, he also said the potential late entry would put Christie at a political disadvantage.

“I think he’s done a great job as governor. I think he’d be a very viable candidate,” McCain said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” But “let’s remember he’s starting from way behind in fund-raising and organization and other areas.”

McCain, Arizona’s senior senator, warned of a “flavor of the month” climate as Republicans prepare choose their nominee to face President Barack Obama in 2012.

“I think that there is a bit of a caution. … The swimming pool looks a lot better until you jump right in,” McCain said. “The water may not be quite as warm as you think.”

McCain expressed optimism about several top GOP elected officials, including Christie, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. He also mentioned representatives Eric Cantor of Virginia and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

“We have the deepest bench in the Republican Party now that I have ever seen in my lifetime,” McCain said. “And I think that we have a, a good crop of candidates. I think the party will rally around the nominee.”

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • John McCain
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Lean6

    “We have the deepest bench in the Republican Party now that I have ever seen in my lifetime,” McCain said. Let me tell you something, McShame...the Teapublican party is deep alright...but the squishy sensation that you're feeling between your toes ain't water. Take a sniff sometime.

    October 3, 2011 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. Church

    Wow! You folks are getting sharper. I am glad to see that the truth is known by at least a few of you out there.
    All of these posts are right on the money.

    October 3, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  3. Allen

    Gov Chris Christie won't run for president because his ambition is to BE the whole, actual White House, not LIVE in it.

    October 3, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. James

    Every president lost some weight in office. Maybe this is the best solution for Christie to lose weight.

    October 3, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @ YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    but Obama will chew him up and spit him out.
    Highly unlikely. Chris Christie is an experienced prosecutor that has handled lot bigger punks than Obama.

    Name the details of any significant case Christie handled while US Attorney that have made a difference in our lives. If you can't, don't reference his career while on the federal payroll, since it would demonstrate his mediocrity.

    October 3, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Lean6

    This guy really needs to look in the mirror...and beyond (within). I watched an HBO special about the repeal of DADT with this grumpy old man storming out of Congressional hearings and otherwise just being a relic of a time we need to forget. He's the new walking and talking example of the argument for term limits in Congress...taking the crown from old Strom Thurmand of course.

    October 3, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. thunderbolt

    Cain for President! Some of you sound like that govenor who wanted to suspend elections for two years.I also like how you jump on the republicans but refuse to say anything about Acorn, Freedie, Fanny,and the latest green energy mess. My point is just this, we need people that are not there to abuse the system on both sides of the isle. Anyone who rants about republicans , then backs pelosis Reid and Obama are political hacks. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. Cain is right on most issues, and he has been more than a organizer. He is the one to get the train back on tracks.

    October 3, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. chuck

    As days go by the GOP is pathetically scrambling to throw anyone in the ring that sticks-it WON'T BE CHRISTE. It looks more and more like it will be OBAMA 2012. There simply are no other viable candidates It is definitely over for Bachmann and Perry, and the GOP will not support Ronmey–too risky. KOCH bros will bankroll Christe but it is so blatantly obvious how desperate they are . Americans will not buy it any more....what a horrible start to the GOP campaign.

    October 3, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. RichM

    McCain is a good public servant, but he has always had terrible political judgement. This bench is not 'deep'. The current crop of GOP candidates are a bunch of ignorant clowns who would not beat Obama in a hundred elections. America has seen and felt the Tea Party, and will throw it out next election. They will pay for their hubris with a democratic congress and a democratic president. Not because Obama is so great, but because they are so BAD.

    October 3, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Jersey George

    Anyone listening to McCain for advice is a fool. Remember his VP running mate in 2008? I rest my case.

    October 3, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Karen B

    Your boy has NOT reached across the aisle in the last 2 years when bipartisanship was most needed. He had to fend off a challenge from JD Hayworth, someone who would never have threatened McCain had the party not lurched so far over to the Right. He has shown himself to be about John McCain, NOT the country. I also seem to remember him stating that economics was not his strong suit: do you really want a thin-skinned, septugenarian, eonomic illiterate who has already lost 2 bids for the presidency attempting to make the case for himself again? On the other hand, he looks better than the current crop of offerings that have had to blessed by Grover Norquist, and who bow and scrape at the alter of the Koch heads to gain legitimacy.

    October 3, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Martin

    Let's get this straight. Even high ranking GOP members are saying that it may be too late to get into the race so far as Christie is concerned, but everyone is still considering whether Sarah Palin is going to run or not?

    Sarah's biggest problem is that she's making MORE money personally by NOT announcing her candidacy than she ever would through donations to a campaign if she DID announce.

    $arah has only ever been in it for the money, nothing more. She never planned to serve the people of America in the capacity that she's been spouting for the last 3 years since she was bought into the spotlight.

    Christie has a track record that would make most Republicans not even consider him a first time, let alone think twice before voting or donating to him.

    Why are these two treated so differently by the GOP?

    October 3, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Nash

    Wow... Run...Christie... Run... It will be good for your health. Maybe you will convince the nation that taxpayer healthcare system is only good for Politicians but not for the average Citizen.

    October 3, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Carlos

    Senility is a terrible thing. We ought to have an age limit in Congress.

    October 3, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Geoz

    Each new candidate is a sign of how unfortunate the field is. Ya got nothin GOP.

    October 3, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Kat

    Oh goodie. More advice from the guy who lost due to his own bad judgment.

    October 3, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. JOE

    I just hope the Governor enters the race and do the state of New Jersey a favor because once he enters the race he's dead meat in the 2012 election and at the same time, when he's done in that campaign, he cann't return to his job as Governor. And by the way, what has Christie done for NJ since he became Governor? Yes, he has reduced the deficit by i billion dollars but you don't have to have brains to do that. All you need is a stern disinterest in the welfare and wellbeing of the people in your state to cut much needed programs beneficial to our citizens. And that what he has done, compromising the welfare of the people of this state for his own personal gratification.

    But yet, as a millionaire, he had no problem using the state helicopter to fly to his son's football game. Talking about abuse of power. And while Christie is stressing fiscal responsibility and economic discipline, I find it outrageous that he can't find the slighest of dicipline around the dinner table. Christie, do the state of NJ an immediate favor by jumping in the Passaic river. And good riddance!

    October 3, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Jackson

    Come on Dems...pile on. A decorated US Senator can not make a comment about his own party without you ripping the guy apart. Leaderless Obama doesn't have a clue as to what to do next and you know its the truth. O came in too inexperienced for the job. So come on....pile on more of your excuses. O is done in Nov 2012 and you know it.

    October 3, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. jt_flyer

    This dinosaur needs to retire. Thanks for you many, many, many, many years of public service, and we appreciate that you've contribution to getting us were we are today, but don’t let the door hit your rear on the way out. Unless you’re really into that kind of thing.

    October 3, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Cat

    The poor Republican party, they have nothing going for them, so they keep on looking. The fat man is not going to make either. Your all just a bunch of losers........................................!!!!!! Kiss 2012 good bye.

    October 3, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Robert

    Oh my god, did McCain break-up with Leiberman?

    Thanks for dropping Sarah Palin on America. That will be your legacy. The man who dumped Sarah upon our country!

    October 3, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Stacey

    If McCain Cautions Christie, I say Run Christie Run. I will vote for you, for nothing else because McCain said not to

    October 3, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. tet1953

    Cantor? Seriously? Makes about as much sense as the Bachmann candidacy.

    October 3, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Anti Cantor

    Anyone know whom will be running against Eric Cantor, I would like to contribute to their campaign.

    October 3, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Sequoia

    Wow, Republicans sure are DESPERATE for a savior. So much for all their fake confidence re: 2012. They know they can't beat Obama and all their hopefuls are total duds.

    October 3, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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